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Spiritual Depression

Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on Romans 6:14

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)

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Why is it that some Christians experience spiritual depression? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones maintains that spiritual depression occurs wherever there is an ignorance of the Scriptures. He preaches this sermon, rooted in the apostle Paul’s text of Romans 6:14, to sum up a couple of his former sermons covering the Christian’s death to sin in Christ, as well as the Christian’s new life in Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then expounds upon Paul’s application. If we want to live and enjoy the Christian life in victory, we have to realize the truths of our union with Christ. We are not commanded to act like it is true. We are told to realize, to reckon, to regard that it is true. We are to be certain of our victory over sin. The greatest comfort we can have in our spiritual depression is to know that because of the victory we have in Christ, sin no longer has dominion over us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones emphasizes that this can only be because of God’s grace. The Law condemns us, but God’s grace delivers us. Under grace, we are brought more and more into God’s glory as He chastises us, so that we yield to sin less and less until we are completely delivered.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 6:14, New American Standard Bible

14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace.

Romans 6:14, King James Version

14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.